Hawaii is a state of the United States that is made up entirely of islands. The island groups is located about 3,200 km (2000 mi) to the southwest of North America in the North Pacific Ocean. It became the 50th state of the U.S. in 1959 and before this time it was known as the Territory of Hawaii. Hawaii is made up of hundreds of islands spread out over approximately 2,400 km (1,500 mi). Continue reading to find out which one is the largest.
What is the largest island in Hawaii?
The largest Hawaiian island is called Hawai’i, but to avoid confusion it is often referred to as the Big Island, Island of Hawaii or Hawai’i Island. This island has an area of 10,430 km2 (4,028 sq mi.), which makes it larger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined. It is also the largest island in the United States, ahead of Kodiak Island in Alaska. The population of the island is approximately 185,000. The Big Island is the southernmost island in the Hawaiian islands chain.
Did you know?
The Island of Hawaii is a volcanic island that is made up of five separate volcanoes. 3 of these volcanoes, Hual’lai, Mauna Loa, and K’lauea, are still active. These active volcanoes mean that the island is actually growing. Between 1983 and 2002 about 2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi.) has been added to this island by lava flows!
The largest Hawaiian island by population is O’ahu, which is home to almost 1 million people. This island is the third largest in terms of area. It is the home of Honolulu, which is the the capital city of Hawaii.